Sound 1

Introduction to Digital Sound Workstations and Sound Design for Video Games

In short:
Sound 1, formerly known as Digital Sound Workstation Basics, is a first semester introductory course designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals and basic workflow in the DAW Reaper, sound design, Sound processing, and basic setups for Sound effects. This one-semester course runs for 12 weeks and is ideal introductory course for students interested in pursuing a career in Sound engineering or sound design.

The course covers a range of topics, including Sound project management; recording, editing and mixing techniques; introduction to MIDI, …
Through lab classes, students will receive hands-on instruction on these topics and gain practical experience working with the DAW Reaper.

Course contents and learning material:
The course material for Digital Sound Workstation Fundamentals is provided via an online learning platform, which includes a range of resources such as video tutorials, reading materials, and sample projects. Students will have access to a range of tools and software necessary for completing the course, including Sound editing software, Sound effects plugins, and sample libraries.

Evaluation and assignments:
Evaluation for the course consists of intermediary tasks and a final assignment and presentation. These assessments are designed to evaluate students' understanding of the course material and their ability to apply the concepts and principles covered in class. Throughout the course, students will work on a range of video and Sound projects, developing their skills and techniques in sound design, Sound processing, and Sound project management.

Learning goals and outcomes:
Overall, Sound 1 (aka DAW Basics) is an excellent course for anyone looking to gain practical experience working with Sound editing software and Sound effects plugins. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in Sound engineering or sound design, or simply looking to improve your skills in these areas, this course teaches the fundamentals of linear Sound production and provides a solid foundation for using digital Sound workstations.

The main software for this course is Cockos Reaper. In terms of hardware, a simple Sound interface and pair of over-ear headphones are used. The former is provided by the school.

This course is taught by our resident sound magician Roel De Meulemeester